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A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery | [Louise Penny]

A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.
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When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

A guest at the hotel, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a murder enquiry, and the hotel is full of possible suspects.

Listen to another Three Pines mystery.

©2008 Louise Penny; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[I]ntriguing, well-crafted....Seamless, often lyrical prose artfully reveals the characters' flaws, dreams and blessings." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sara USA 07-16-14
    Sara USA 07-16-14

    No plot spoilers please!

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    "A Summer Mystery"

    I really enjoyed this installment in Louise Penny's Three Pines series. It was a complex and carefully thought out mystery with all the depth I have come to expect from this author. Each book builds on the last and deepens the listener's understanding of the characters gradually. Her writing transports the reader effortlessly and perfectly to the Canadian countryside for a summer vacation. Poetry, art and music are woven neatly into the experience. The careful explanation of delicious food prepared and eaten by all sends this reader into the kitchen to whip up something that is hopefully as good as all the food sounds. Definitely an added plus! I am looking forward to the next book--can't wait to see what will happen. A recommended series that holds the interest--not your average "mystery" fluff.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-17-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-17-14 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "A Great Deal of Wisdom Unveiled in a Mystery"

    In this 4th installment of the Gamache/3 Pines series we are witness to two extraordinary families. The wonderful and romantic marriage of inspector Gamache and the highly disfunctional family of one of 3 pines' most loved artists. In the end we are privy to one of life's great paradoxes and a pearl of great price.

    Like its predecessors, A Rule Against Murder has rich characters in a wonderful setting. The mystery is fun, but it's conclusion is stunning. Much more than a murderer is discovered.

    Treat yourself to any of these books and you'll find more than just an escape. You'll find happiness.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MysteryLover 03-18-13
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    "Canadian Agatha Christie"
    Would you listen to A Rule against Murder again? Why?

    "A Rule against Murder" is an enjoyable and thought-provoking mystery set in the scenic Quebec townships close to the Vermont border. The characters are rich, full. I dare you not to fall in love Inspector Armand Gamache, his family and team.

    This particular story explores the family dynamic in a highly dysfunctional family. Louise Penny draws a picture of a family who already has difficulty expressing love for one another and places them at odds with one another after a murder has occurred. The plot is intricate, like an Agatha Christie murder mystery, and the prose is often lyrical with a lovely dollop of poetry mixed in. Personally, I love cozy mysteries and I like the truly deep backstories of all the recurring characters. In this mystery, we get to know Inspector Gamache, his wife, his team and the residents of the village of Three Pines even more.

    A big part of listening to books on tape is the narrator. If you don't like the narrator's style or voice, it's difficult to enjoy the book. Ralph Cosham has a wonderful style and voice. He is able to make you believe in the characters. He is a big part of why I have listened to the first four books in this series rather than reading them.

    I will definitely listen to this book again as soon as I get caught up in the series. I can't wait to listen to the next book.


    What other book might you compare A Rule against Murder to and why?

    I would compare "A Rule against Murder" to any Agatha Christie book or to a PD James or Elizabeth George novel if they wrote cozy mysteries instead of police procedurals. The themes are wonderful and Louise Penny provides wonderful bits of Quebec history, art history, and poetry throughout her books.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    It's hard to describe, but Ralph Cosham's characterization of all the characters is wonderful. It seems natural and unforced. It's a joy to listen to. I listened to this book on a road trip from PA to New England and then plugged myself into my iPhone to listen some more. I just couldn't "put it down".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I definitely wanted to listen to it all in one sitting. I love cozy mysteries. For this series, you have to suspend disbelief that one, quaint village in Quebec can have a such a high murder rate, but it is definitely worth it.

    The descriptions of the food and the scenery, the characters who are lovable, but flawed like real people, and the rich history of the French and English Canadians in Quebec makes the murder mystery even more compelling. I didn't want to stop and was disappointed that I didn't have a credit available to buy the next book immediately.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love cozy mysteries with depth of character and theme, and a healthy dose of literature and history of Canada thrown in, this Audible book is for you, but I suggest you start with "Still Life" first. The story and characters are more serial than episodic. You can listen to them out of order. I started with "A Trick of the Light", but it so much better to start at the beginning.

    Thank you for reading my review.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Experimentrix 04-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I need to go to Three Pines."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rule against Murder to be better than the print version?

    The only thing better than a Louise Penny/Gamache book is one that is read by Ralph Cosham. The people are so individual and so well portrayed that you feel as if they were dear old friends...well, except for Ruth, who would reject the " dear".


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plots are intricate enough to be interesting, but never a cheat. This is my second time through, and I am noticing plot details now that I missed the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    Now if only I had a licorice pipe to go with my scotch.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Humble, TX, USA 02-18-09
    Victoria Humble, TX, USA 02-18-09
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    "You will be glad you selected this book"

    I loved "A Rule Against Murder" because Louise Penny's writing is simply music to my ears. Her ability to develop characters, describe scenery, and create an ingenious plot are unparalleled. I am not extremely familiar with Canada or with French Canadians. Therefore, learning more about this particular culture through the characters was also of interest to me. I found myself looking forward to the evening hours so that I could sit down, dim the lights, sip a glass of cabernet and listen to this book. My only regret is that I have now finished the book!

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Vall 02-12-13
    Vall 02-12-13 Member Since 2012

    If life were easy, I would't learn anything.

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    "Read the entire series and fall in love!"

    Fall in love with the people of Three Pines and listen as Inspector Gamish (sp) finds and brings to justice a killer lurking just under the surface. I started with "A Brutal Telling," then went back to the first book in the series.
    I enjoyed the low key storytelling style of the author as she described the citizens and their various lifestyles. Under it all is an underlying tension between the French and English of Quebec.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye Napa, California, United States 11-08-12
    Kaye Napa, California, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good But Not My Favorite Inspector Gamache Mystery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rule against Murder to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version so no opinion.


    Would you recommend A Rule against Murder to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, for those that enjoy Inspector Gamache mysteries.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I'm aware.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, nothing extreme


    Any additional comments?

    Ralph Cosham was an excellent narrator. I would love to hear more by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Aurora, CO, United States 09-25-12
    Dale Aurora, CO, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2005

    Well, I think the icon chosen for me shows a young man... I am an old woman who likes to listen to books and hopes my ears last longer than my eyes.

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    "I'm a new Louise Penney, Inspector Gamache fan!"
    Where does A Rule against Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I delight in beautiful word play and Louise Penney is a
    master, I won't miss anymore of her books on A-audible.com


    What did you like best about this story?

    The many turns and twists that an older mystery
    reader didn't expect, AND how much Gamache
    loves his wife!!


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Gamache


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have if I didn't need to take a wee dog out for the air.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 09-04-12
    Helen 09-04-12
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    "Good Story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Rule against Murder the most enjoyable?

    complex characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    the mystery


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    the lead male detective


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no extremes, but the story kept me wanting to learn more


    Any additional comments?

    A few seconds between chapters would be helpful, I had to rewind to find where one ended and the next started. Otherwise its easy listening, yet compelling because of the many characters and the intersting mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Gautier, MS, United States 08-15-12
    Shirley Gautier, MS, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The inspector tries to take a holiday"
    What made the experience of listening to A Rule against Murder the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is amazing.
    Louise Penny's descriptive prose makes me feel as if I am there. In this episode, the inspector and his wife have taken a vacation which will lead him into another investigation. It is a lovely setting, as well as an interesting plot.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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